Charlene Doherty Jayamanne, 70, of Columbia, MO passed away Sunday, January 29th. Visitation will be Friday, February 10th at Sacred Heart Church, 105 Waugh Street Columbia, MO from 2-4:30pm and Saturday from 9-11am at the Church. Mass will follow at 11am on Saturday. Charlene’s ashes will be inurned in their family plots in New Hampshire.

Charlene was born January 24, 1953 in New Port, RI to James and Barbara Doherty Millea; she was the eldest of 8 children. For much of her childhood the family moved around for her father’s military career before they settle in Springfield, Mass. She graduated from Mercy High School in University City, MO and was a graduate of Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, MA. She worked as a recruiter for the Our Lady of the Elms before leaving to pursue further education. She earned her Master’s Degree in teaching from Cleveland State University. For a short while she worked for the Chief of Surgery at Downstate Medical College in New York. In 1988, she moved to Columbia and started the Sacred Heart Montessori pre-school and daycare. In 1992, she began her Network Marketing Career with the Juice Plus Company from where she had recently retired. Charlene was in the GMLC Class of 2004.

She is survived by her sons; Andrew (Anna) Jaymanne of Columbia and Tony Jayamanne of Columbia; a granddaughter, Jocelyn; siblings, Barbara (Steve) Loughman of Kansas City, MO, Anna Doherty of Columbia, Helene (Jeff) Conrath of Dayton, OH, and Dan (Sandy) Doherty of St. Louis, MO; many nieces and nephews and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Sargent; two brother, Thomas & Jim Doherty, and her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Pro-Life / 40 Days for Life 400 St. Andrew Drive Holts Summit, MO 65043.

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